The First Gilded Age Trailer Proves America's About to Get Its Own Downton Abbey

Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski want to protect New York society from new money in HBO's new period drama, The Gilded Age. See the intriguing first trailer here.

By Alyssa Ray Nov 18, 2021 9:21 PMTags
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A show about money, class and romance? No, we aren't talking about Downton Abbey.

We are referring to Julian Fellowes' new period drama for HBO, The Gilded Age, which dropped its first trailer on Thursday, Nov. 18. Fellowes has traded in the Crawleys' British estate for 1880s New York, where old money society clings to power amid the increase of the nouveau riche. The new drama, which premieres Jan. 24, follows New York newcomer Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson), who arrives in the city to live with her high society aunts (Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski) after the death of her father.

"I need to make one thing clear," Marian's Aunt Agnes notes in the first look. "Power belongs to old New York, my dear. Not the new, never the new."

As footage shows the rise of wealthy rivals, Agnes adds, "The old have been in charge since before the revolution—until the new people invade it."

While Agnes clearly seems resolute in her beliefs, Aunt Ada chimes in, "It's not quite as simple as that."

For Aunt Agnes it is!

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Though it seems that Marian isn't eager to take her aunts' advice, as HBO teases a war between the old money gatekeepers and "a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife," played by Morgan Spector and Carrie Coon, respectively.

"Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age," the network's description further shares, "will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?"

If Gilded Age is anything like Downton Abbey, we're in for a pearl-clutching good time. For those who missed Downton Abbey in its prime, the British period drama ran for six seasons between 2010 and 2015 and nabbed several high-profile awards, including an Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie in 2011.

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Head back to The Gilded Age by watching the first trailer above.

The Gilded Age premieres Monday, Jan. 24 on HBO.

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